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Tiny wiggly worms in shrimp tank: help!

I just noticed a bunch of thin, 1/2 in wormish, free-swimming wigglers in my shrimp tank. Couldn't take a good pic but found this youtube video that matches what is in my tank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j40A6pvIAk4

I feed more in this tank (though still every other day) because the Mystery snails totally swarm the food and I worry the shrimps are left out. Is this the cause and are they harmful? Thank you in advance for any input.
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detritus worms? I have them and they don't do anything in my tank but eat poo
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Harmless little worms. Usually fish eat them, but since this is a shrimp only, nobody does. You should see the amount of them in my snail only tank!
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I get tubifex worms in my snail only tanks ehehehe
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I had these in my discus tank, it encouraged breeding

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Harmless little worms. Usually fish eat them, but since this is a shrimp only, nobody does. You should see the amount of them in my snail only tank!
You know, I figured this to be the case too until last week. Maybe it's the additional food competition with the mature rams horns snails I've got in with 'em right now, but last week as I was getting ready to feed, I spotted four of my oldest neo's gathered round pulling and picking at something. At first I assumed it was a failed molt or something, but when I looked closer I realized it was one of the worms all balled up that they were tearing apart and picking at. They hadn't just stumbled across a dead one either as it was still moving its front half trying to get away from them.
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Harmless bugs, I'm guessing those anti-planaria additives or fenbendazole can be used to treat it.

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